Apple became one of the world's top ten mobile phone makers in 2007, despite the iPhone only launching in June. The handset was released in the US last summer, and became available in only three other countries – the UK, Germany and France – at the end of the year.
Nokia, which accounted for 40.4 percent of the market, and Samsung (13.4 percent) continued to dominate global handset sales. Research in Motion (RIM), which makes the Blackberry, took sixth place (1.2 percent) while low-cost handset manufacturer ZTE, which specialises in delivering devices to emerging markets, took seventh place. Apple's iPhone took 0.6 percent of the market.
"The global mobile devices market will remain relatively immune to a recession in the US and Western European economies as the majority of growth in 2008 will come from emerging markets, " said Gartner analyst Carolina Milanesi. "The mature Western Europe and North America markets are driven by operator contract terms and replacement cycles and will account for just 30 percent of the global mobile devices market in 2008."
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